After checking the weather and my work schedule yesterday, I decided to make a run out to my hunting spot early this morning. I had an elevated spot that has a couple of 300 yard plus fields to scan. After about an hour I turned around to check out the field facing my back and there was a deer out there at about 290 yards. I put the scope on it and could see that it was a decent buck so I decided to take it. I set my scope for 300 yards and watched it. As far as I could tell, it was a 4x4. (It ended up being a 3.4)
It turned the opposite way and started walking but at least it was still broadside. In all the excitement I forgot the old trick about making a grunting noise to stop it. So I touched one off. The buck sprinted for about 20 yards and slowed down and stopped in a small patch of corn. I packed up my stuff and figured I had hit it in the heart/lungs. As I got over to it, it took off running a bit and stopped and layed down. I gave it about 5 minutes thinking it was about dead and when I walked over to it, it took off again and layed down again.
I decided to send another round its way to finish him off and when I shot, nothing happened as I was still set up for 300 yards, not 25. So I sent another round and finished it off. When I got to it I saw that my first shot was about 2 inches behind the lungs.
Being kind of a new hunter, here are some observations that I made that I would change next time.
1. Take the camera because I know you guys hate seeing these posts without photos.
2. Grunt to stop the buck before shooting.
3. Set scope to the right yardage for each shot.
4. Scope out the hunting area and take a weed eater to your spot so you can get prone. Shooting from a fencepost or shooting sticks from 300 yards can be tricky.
5. Barnes TSX 168's are a good whitetail bullet. Neither the 300 yard or 25 yard shot had an exit wound.
6. A kid's plastic sled works pretty well for dragging a deer out by yourself. Plastic slides on grass much better than deer hair.
All in all it was a good day. Oh, yeah, here's a pic of the rifle that took him.
Nightforce NXS with NF Alum Rings
Badger Alum bottom metal